U.S. Marshals, police warn sex offenders not to pass out Hallowe


U.S. Marshals, police warn sex offenders not to pass out Halloween candy


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Over the last couple of days, U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement officers have been going door to door to put registered sex offenders on notice.

It is lights off for them on Halloween night, so kids don't show up at their doorsteps.

Officers visited more than 200 convicted sex offenders to warn them of Halloween restrictions.

"The main goal is to make sure that the sex offenders are in compliance with their regulations and also to make sure that the public is safe," said a U.S. Marshal.

Sex offender laws prohibit convicted sex predators from taking part in Halloween festivities.

13 On Your Side went with law enforcement officers as they confronted some of them to verify their current information to match their identification and address.

The sex offender at one house refused to open his doors when he saw cameras.

After a while, he slid his ID underneath the door.

Agents were finally able to verify his information in the backyard—away from cameras.

Once they completed their investigation, we moved on to the next house where another sex offender lives.

The goal of this sex predator verification operation is to also let offenders know they are being watched. They are not allowed to put up Halloween decorations, answer their door to trick-or-treaters, or handout candy.

‘Halloween is a holiday that everyone really enjoys and we want to make sure people can take their kids out and have a safe holiday," said a US Marshal.

Law enforcement officers are reminding parents to let their kids know if the lights are off—that may be a sign for kids to simply stay away. 

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